Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he personally welcomed convicted US spy Jonathan Pollard at Israel's international airport on their arrival from the US.
"Welcome back. How good that you've come home," Netanyahu said early on Wednesday, according to a statement released by his office.
It quoted Pollard as saying he was "very excited" to be in Israel.
Pollard, who spent 30 years in a US prison for spying for Israel, arrived with his wife, an Israeli newspaper reported, culminating a decades-long affair that had long strained relations between the two close allies.
Israel Hayom, a newspaper with close ties to Netanyahu and the Trump administration, reported Pollard's arrival. Pollard had previously said it was his dream to move to Israel.
"Finally in the country. Jonathan Pollard landed tonight in Israel," Israel Hayom headlined, with a picture of him and his wife, both wearing masks, on what it said was a private plane that arrived early Wednesday from Newark, New Jersey.
It said the private flight was necessary due to the medical needs of Pollard's wife Esther, who is undergoing treatments for cancer.
Pollard, a civilian intelligence analyst for the US Navy, sold military secrets to Israel while working at the Pentagon in the 1980s. He was arrested in 1985 after trying unsuccessfully to gain asylum at the Israeli Embassy in Washington and pleaded guilty.
The espionage affair embarrassed Israel and tarnished its relations with the United States for years.
Pollard was given a life sentence and US defence and intelligence officials consistently argued against releasing Pollard.
But after serving 30 years in federal prison, he was released on November 20, 2015, and placed on a five-year parole period that ended in November. That cleared the way for him to leave the US.
The Ynet website said the couple was in quarantine, which is mandatory for all returning Israelis as a measure to guard against the spread of the coronavirus. The country has barred the arrival of all tourists, but appeared to be welcoming the couple as Israelis.
Pollard's arrival in Israel gives the embattled Netanyahu a welcome boost as he fights for reelection in March 23 parliamentary elections.